Statement regarding Northern franchise award

The Go-Ahead Group is disappointed not to have been awarded the Northern franchise after submitting a joint bid with Keollis (Go-Ahead 65% / Keolis 35%).

We were and will remain disciplined in our approach to bidding for UK rail contracts and will seek feedback from the Department for Transport as part of our evaluation and review.  

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For further information, please contact:

The Go-Ahead Group
Sarah Boundy,
Group Corporate Communications Director
07808 568 667

Peter Russell,
Interim Head of Investor Relations
07966 941 890

Go-Ahead

Go-Ahead is a leading UK public transport operator, providing high quality services in the bus and rail sectors. Employing around 26,000 people across the country, over one billion passenger journeys are undertaken on our services each year. We are committed to operating our companies in a safe, socially and environmentally responsible way and are proud to have been accredited with triple Carbon Trust Standard for reductions in carbon, water and waste. In addition to the travelling public, our customers include the Department for Transport, Transport for London (TfL) and local authorities.

Bus

Go-Ahead is one of the UK’s largest bus operators. With a fleet of around 4,800 buses, we carry around two million passengers every day. Our operations are focused on high density commuter markets. We have a strong presence in London, with around 24 per cent market share, where we provide regulated services for TfL. We operate deregulated services in Oxford, East Anglia, the South East, Southern and North East England.

Rail

The rail operation, Govia, is 65 per cent owned by Go-Ahead and 35 per cent by Keolis. It is the largest rail operation in the UK, responsible for around 35 per cent of all UK passenger rail journeys through its rail franchises: GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway), Southeastern and London Midland.